You could be the winner of this month’s Facebook and VoiceCouncil-subscriber competition.
Before you go green with envy reading about our competition winners, you could still be a winner of one of our December 2013 competitions.
Here is who has won this autumn – plus some fantastic insights from our winners on singing.
Our November question, ‘Is it reasonable for people to expect musicians to perform for free in order to “gain experience and a following”?’, sparked a fierce debate. It was Carol Occhino’s considered response that won her the fifth VoiceTone T1 Pedal giveaway of the year.
A person doesn’t wake up one morning and say, “I think I’ll go to Egypt and dig a hole. Then I’ll be an archeologist.” Neither does one wake up one morning and say, “I think I’ll go on stage tonight. Then I’ll be a musician.” It takes study and hard work to reach the level of being able to go out and perform for the public. While an occasional charity performance and a few open mics might make artists more comfortable in their craft and allow them to gauge other people’s reactions to their musical skills, once people or bands are good enough to carry a performance, they are good enough to get paid and they should be paid.
She shared with us her favorite quote on singing, attributed to an old Chinese proverb, which she has typed and posted on the wall above her computer.
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
Carol will be donating her prize to a charter school for the performing arts in Los Angeles.
Julie Borkwood, from Liverpool in England, United Kingdom, was the lucky winner of November’s VoiceCouncil subscriber competition. We asked her for her top performance tip:
“Enjoy it; accept any nerves; know that, even if it all goes horribly wrong, you are working at the top of your game in that moment. Also, it’s all experience.”
Doro Thea came up with the winning answer to our October question, “Who was your first favorite artist and how did he/she inspire you?” (a question we originally asked Cami Bradley, whose interview is available here). Doro commented:
“Van Morrisson, every song touches my soul and swings my heart whatever mood I’m in. When there was no music left in me once, he reminded me it is worth to have music in my life and how good it feels to be able giving it to others, accepting this gift!”
Joining her in winning a VoiceTone T1 Pedal was one David Reed Watson, of Las Vegas, Nevada. He shared with us a story concerning marketing:
“Almost a year ago now an album came out by a band called ‘Rage of Angels’. One day while living near Venice, CA I got an email asking if I could Skype with a keyboard player from the UK. I said, sure, I’d love to… well, long story short, I ended up writing an album with this guy all because I left a Happy Birthday message for his girlfriend.
Now, I don’t know everybody on my ReverbNation, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc… but I do my best to keep it personal with them…. and one of those things I do is this; when it is their birthday I send them a Happy Birthday MP3 with me singing to them in three part harmony, acapella. Point of this is; whatever you do in marketing is seen if you keep it consistent. And maybe something out of the blue, like a birthday message might open doors for you.”
Our question for September was “If Bon Jovi and Madonna had a lovechild, which current artist would it sound like?”. The randomly selected winner was Kevin Gillon.
We got in touch with Kevin and asked him to give us a performance tip:
“My top tip is rest. To keep clarity and control you must rest your voice properly.”
Dmitry Kuznetsov was the winner of our monthly subscribe competition, where we select a new VoiceCouncil subscriber at random.
Both winners will receive a VoiceTone T1 Pedal.